The AFC Barrow ( officially: Barrow Association Football Club ) - also known as The Blue Birds - is an English football club based in Barrow-in- Furness, North West England, which since 2008 in the Conference National, the fifth- highest division in England, plays. The venue of the association is the 4,256 -seat end Holker Street.
The club was founded in 1901 in Barrow-in -Furness, Cumbria. The club played from its founding to 1921 in the Lancashire Combination Division Two and the Lancashire Combination Division One. In 1921, the club's Combination Division One won. The Barrow AFC played from 1921 to 1972 continuously in the professional leagues, since Barrow plays football in the two highest levels of the Non -League.
The AFC Barrow was one of the founding members of the Football League Third Division North in 1921. The association could no major successes, but held constant over many years in the same league. In 1958, the club was relegated to the Football League Fourth Division new. For now, the club remained professional football get in the season 1966/67, Barrow succeeded to rise again in the Third Division. After three seasons followed with the renewed descent into the Fourth Division to the next step backwards. In this league, the club could not last long, for the first time in 1972 was followed by relegation (not re - Elected ) in the Northern Premier League, one of the was the fifth highest leagues of England. Thus Barrow was the first time no longer represented in the club's history in professional football. Since then, the club spent many years in the Conference National and the Conference North, and 1999 succeeded Barrow total of four times the rise in the Conference National, but the club could never hold more than three seasons in the league and rose again in each case in the Conference North from.
The only title since 1955 was winning the FA Trophy in 1990. Having the club had finished the season 2007-08 in the Conference North in fifth place, the right to participate in the play-offs for promotion to the Conference National, defeated the team in the play- offs the AFC Telford United and Stalybridge Celtic. The in Pirelli Stadium, the home ground of Burton Albion, discharged playoff final before 2530 spectators ended in a 1-0 win for Barrow. The victory scorer Matt Henney since 1999 resurgence helped the club for the first time in the Conference National. In the 2008 /09 season Barrow won 51 points and managed with the 20th place in the league. The following year was again won the League receipt and the FA Trophy won for the second time after 1990. In the final game the team won 2-1 after extra time against Stevenage Borough.
- Lancashire Combination Division One winners: 1920/21
- Lancashire Senior Cup Winners: 1954/55
- FA Trophy winners: 1989/90, 2009/10
- Conference North ( playoff winner): 2007/ 08
- Northern Premier League winners: 1984, 1989 and 1998